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Dark Horse Too Cream Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,049
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 70
Gots: 111 | FT: 3
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Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 02-05-2003

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Ratings: 1,049 | Reviews: 414
Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a conical pint.

A: Pitch black and viscous with a milky white head...beautiful.

S: Chocolate and more chocolate here, a little one-note.

T: Taste is a little better. Chocolate is still big here, but you get a milkshake like sweetness and a bit of hop twang.

D: Alcohol is well hidden, but the taste becomes a bit boring after a while. One is enough for me.

Overall: A decent, but somewhat uninspired brew. If you like the style, seek this one out, you won't be disappointed. Otherwise, move along.

Photo of Snow81
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crazy dark thick on the eyes

Smell: Rosted Malts with big Coffie notes

Head: dark brown head with lace that sticks to the sides of my mug

Taste: coffie beans to the roof, half way in it turns to a creamy coco, flaver of a bitter hop cuts thru all the way till the end of this beer. yum,

Weight: on the palate its a lot thiner then it looks

Finish: ever lasting coffie with a hint of hops that still linger.


Appearance: Black as night, no like will penetrate this beer

Smell: Very dark roosted malts with hints of coffee and coco off the nose

Head: Nice big thick muddy dark brown head

Taste: Roosted mats with a heavy rich burnt coffee bean and a small amount of heat

Weight: I would have to say for both body and carbonation that's Medium to high

Finish: Hints of Bitter hops and coffee still on the palate

Photo of in780
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Here we go:

A - Extremely dark brew with a thin mocha colored head that is surprisingly resilient. Leaves some trace lacing.

S - Smells like a coffee with chocolate

T - Lots of roasted malts, some chocolate, and loads of coffee. Sweetness is balanced nicely with the bitterness the coffee provides.

M - Decent enough, could be a little substantial given the huge flavors

D - Easier than I was expecting for the abv, just a darn tasty beer

Photo of DrDemento456
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was going to pay big bucks for this on tap but got a bottle for 2.50 at D's six packs! Score!

A - Truly astounding Milk stout. Poured thick, viscous, pitch black with an inch of the darkest brown cocoa heads I ever seen!

S - From the bottle a very strong sent of coffee, natural and roasty and from the glass same applies with a hint of chocolate and slight vanilla.

T - Ow wow that's roasty! Smooth cappuccino like coffee and vanilla with a solid roast base clashes with a slight hop presence and lactose. For the ABV it seems way too light!

M - As stated it seems to have a thinner (but delicious) medium body even for 8 percent (really?) even thinner than my Terrapin chocolate milk stout!

D - May have to go back in a week and pick up a couple of more. Worth picking up just for the smell and appearance but worth picking more up for the smooth body and solid roasty flavor! Another solid offering from Dark Horse!

Photo of ClarkPinnock
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Onenote81!

This pours a very dark, entirely opaque black with no discernible head. Notes of coffee, chocolate, and a hint of toffee are present in both the nose and in the taste.

This has a really classy mouthfeel--very full and heavy with just a bit of carbonation sprinkled in.

I wouldn't call this drinkable in the sense that you would want more than one. This is more like a meal in itself.

All in all, this is like a tasty blackhole.

Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle my Portsmouth tulip.

a - Pours a jet black color with one finger of tan head that leaves very quickly and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and light earthy wood notes. I was picturing some vanilla or cream like Bell's cream stout but none here.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, light cream, and light vanilla. The taste reminded me of Bell's double cream a little bit.

m - Relatively light body for a stout and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - A pretty nice stout. Not a lot of cream in the nose but you can definitely taste it. Glad to try it and would definitely have it again.

Photo of spartanfan
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

review from notes had at Union Jack's (Glenside)

A: Pours an opaque black with a small tan head that fades to a ring leaving little to no lacing behind.

S: Very strong roasted malt and espresso aromas, hints of earthy hops.

T: Again malt are very roasty and powerful. Aftertaste is that of bitter hops.

M: Full. This beer leaves a coating on the inside of my mouth and perhaps has just a bit too much carbonation for my liking.

D: This is a very good beer with good flavors, but they are a bit to strong and overpowering to be very drinkable.

Photo of Onenote81
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received bottles of this from 2 generous BAs before I took it off my wants. Both readbaron and yeahnatenelson sent me down some bottles. Thanks, guys! This is the last one of the "series" that I needed to try.

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an uber-thick evil-looking black. This slowly glugs out of the bottle. No head at all, just a ring around the edge. Not the prettiest of beers, but man to I love that thick pour. The nose is full of coffee and chocolate, some dry notes like burlap and wood. Not as sweet as I would think.

Excellent mouth on this one. Big chewy feel with a smooth coating effect. Excellent for this style. I wish all stouts would take note and do the same. This isn't the sweetest of Sweet Stouts, but it's still a good one. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, slight acidity, and the faintest of wood notes on the back end. Good, easy-drinking stout here. The alcohol gets to me near the end though, so it's not necessarily an everyday beer. I love me some thick stouts, so I'm glad I have some more bottles of this.

Photo of aasher
2.56/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This bottle poured an oily black with a little head to start but it quickly died off. It's the weakest of their stout series in terms of appearance (One through 5th). The aromas are of a lot of coffee, some chocolate and then this moldy like funk. This milk stout is smelly fishy. It almost has some oak or smoke like qualities (but nothing like the Fore). It's a turn off. The flavor is strange too. There's a lot of smoke and this weird spin on lactic acid. It kind of has this burnt bacon aspect to it as well. At least its silky smooth and the alcohol is well hidden. This beer, in my opinion, is the weakest of their stout series. I don't know what went wrong.

Photo of jera1350
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not thick, but a rich black color with a thin dark brown head.

Lots of creamy lactose with some light roasty malt and chocolate.

Very toasty malt and plenty of it. Nice cream presence with some dark chocolate, cocoa nib and coffee bean notes.

Creamy smooth feel, medium full body and a toasty dry finish.

Great example of the style. Would be more drinkable with less roast, but is still really drinkable. A solid beer from Dark Horse.

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black motor oil, pours real thick and leaves a lucious looking mocha colored head. bubbles are super fine, but provide quite a nice overall looking beer.
S: bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, just a bit of cappuccino depth. its not obnoxiously big, and i enjoy just the pure depth and
purity of the different components.
T: heres where the bitterness kicks up a little with big chocolate, heavy chocolate. bitter hops make chicolate and toffee flavors stick to your tongue, rather enjoyably so. im reminded a little of black coffee, and not the lactose i should be getting for the style.
M: just prickly enough carbonation wise, and smooth, but heavier than it should be. i dont really think that it feels like a milk stout, but enjoyable nonetheless.
D: love this one regardless so i could drink it all night. delicious.

Photo of radioscooter
2.53/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Too smoky and burnt for a cream/milk stout. Not remotely sweet. Very rauchy. (smoky)

Did I mention burnt, and smoky?

Okay, it looks pretty good. Great froth and the color is jet black with coffee head.

But the first sip is riduculously dry and bitter for a cream stout. YES, there are lactaids here. But it's overshadowed by the coffee, dry bitterness.

Embrace if you like coffee porters or really dry stouts. A great example of either a dry stout, Java porter, coffee stout etc.. Just not a cream stout. It's just classified poorly.

Not a fan.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"The dark horse will one day come to free the light from all of us." - Converge

Just finished the Race up Boston Place. 41 flights in 6 minutes, my lungs are still on fire. I figure a milk stout should soothe my throat a little.

Opaque black with a dark clay colored head. No lace but a steady crust of retention slides down the glass.

Smells like dark chocolate covered espresso beans with a Nestle Quick sweetness. Taste is burnt caramel sweetness with a respectable amount of roast, black coffee malt in back.

Best milk stout I've had to date. I find that beers in this style overshoot the lactose and undershoot the roast malt. Too is a near perfect mix of predominantly roast malts with a complimentary sweetness.

Photo of dudecandle
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A: Pours like motor oil, with quickly dissipating very dark brown head, slight cap.

S: Smell of smoke and dark plum/berry straight off the bat. Heavy dose of vanilla starts coming through shortly in. Dark chocolate in the background.

T: Very nice sweet vanilla and smokey combination, plus a nice touch of hop bitterness. Lasting flavor is more of a straight dark chocolate with a touch of the other flavors, somehow getting milkier as the other flavors fade away. The roasted barley also come out more prominently in time.

M: Surprisingly crisply carbonated, with the smoke/dark chocolate coating the mouth and lasting quite a while.

D: The 8% really doesn't come through, but the flavors are big enough to make this a sipper. Good combination of flavors, definitely a good stout, but that smoke is a bit too heavy, and doesn't necessarily combine well with the fruit.

Photo of Bonis
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black off the pour with a half inch of mocha head which settles to a thin layer of bubbles. Looks pretty good overall.

S - Extremely malty with a major emphasis on roasted barley and other dark malts. Lots of rich dark chocolate, and I'm not talking Hershey's, but rather something more exquisite. Other than this, there are some earthy qualities to it, with a touch of bitter and sweet. I don't sense a "Too Cream" aspect thus far. Again, like "One" this smells like a great breakfast stout to me.

T - An extremely roasty beer, almost too roasty for me, but it isn't. Lots of dark chocolate, roasted barley, bitter coffee and chocolate mingle. Breakfast stout indeed, not much alcohol is noted.

M - Slightly big in the mouth for what it is. Goes down smooth. A nice pleasant bitter sits on the tongue, and no noticeable alcohol besides a tiny burn in the gut.

D - Pretty good, but not as drinkable as "One Oatmeal Stout" for me. I didn't really get the impression that this was a cream stout, but it was pretty good regardless and if you like stouts, this is one to try.

Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a super dark colored fizzy but semi rich head, that fades semi quickly but never goes away as it supported with lots of bubbles from the bottom of a normal snifter glass, over motor oil pitch black colored beer.

Nose brings tons of roast and black patent malts, touch of coffee and toffee, some earthy very dark bitter chocolate like 85% cacao heavy, a bit of a creamy aroma, a bit of a boozy tingle in the nose.

Taste starts with some bitter scorched malts, plenty of roast packed in there, a bit of coffee, again super bitter dark intense chocolate, a slight creamy milky feel but not much, some light cinnamon like spice flavors, fairly bitter, some light earthy hops but lots of bitterness from burnt malts, a bit of minerality, semi sweet with hints of warming booze. Finishes with a long bitter scorched malt flavor, some light minerality and earthy flavors, dries a bit. I wouldn't really call this a cream stout as much as I would call it a Baltic POrter or RIS.

Mouth is thicker and semi heavier bodied, a little syrupy almost, with frothy decent carbonation, and a bit of warming booze.

Drink is not that great, fairly heavy and a little syrupy, a bit boozy, and bitterness and minerality linger for a little bit.

Photo of OnThenIn
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A finger and a half of a very dark brown head on top of a super dark brown.

S: Coffee and roasted malt dominated the aroma, with some sweetness also being present.

T: The beer opens up with a sweet and slightly fruity flavor. It is very creamy, but their is a slightly astringent quality to the beer. Definite chocolate notes. Not bad, but nothing really special.

M: Medium body with slightly lower than desired carbonation.

D: The creamy mouthfeel makes it wonderfully drinkable.

Photo of projectflam86
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep jet black color with a thin brown head that leaves a bit of lace. This is probably one of the darkest beers that I've ever poured...

S- Strong dark chocolate aroma in the nose with some molasses and a touch of coffee grounds.

T- Very bitter initially like the way dark chocolate and coffee are bitter. Huge wave of alcohol in the finish. A lingering burnt aftertaste stays around. The overall flavor is that of a milk stout on steroids.

M- Medium/full bodied with low carbonation.

D- A bit too boozy and bitter for a milk stout.

Photo of righthereisay
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at SharpEdge in Crafton PA during lunch but wanted to try it on a clean slate.

This may my favorite smelling beer. Coffee, Toffee, Chocolate, maybe licorice. I don't know.

Poured black. Not a lot of head.

The taste is great. One of the best. Very nice full body. Can't taste the alcohol. We got cocoa, coffee, it was great. Not as sweet as some other milk stouts, which I am thankful for. A little bitterness at the end, but not too much. Wished it were a little less though. A little too much carbonation, but not enough to spoil it.

Excellent beer.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darkhorse Too Cream Stout, the second stout in their seasonal/rotating stout offerings.

Pours a midnight black with a deep brown head. The head on this one is darker than most beers, almost ominous looking.

In the aroma, heavy on the roasted malt and some lactic sweetness also pulling through.

Roasted malt upfront giving off a nice deep malty roastedness common in great stouts. Oatmeal lends a silky smooth note, and lactose sugar rounds out the flavor with a milky sweetness. A nice stout with the ABV barely noticable.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Easy drinking, good flavors. I am consistantly impressed by Dark Horse Brewing, and this cream stout is no exception.

Photo of prdstmnky
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a jet black body, and 1/2 inch of creamy mocha head the settles to a nice cap after a few minutes in my pint glass. Milk and dark chocolates coming through in the nose, as well as some roasted malts, lactose, and coffee. More of a roasted coffee flavor, than the chocolate I got from the aromas. There is a whole lot of roastiness in this stout's flavor profile - maybe bordering on having too much of a roasted character for the style. Slightly above a medium bodied stout, average carbonation, and slightly dry which was a bit unexpected. I did find it fairly drinkable, it drinks more like a 6% American Stout than an 8% Sweet Stout IMO.

Photo of JDFish
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured very dark into a beer mug. Very little lacing left from a disappering 1/2" head.

S: Chicory and expresso burnt coffee. Did catch a whiff of dairy cream.

T: Roasted malts and coffee. Some sweet malts left on the lip.

M: A little light, in my opinion, for the style. Not bad by any means

D: Coffee shot at first, but followed by a smooth aftertaste, making this very drinkable.

A very nice stout, no sickening rotten molasses here. Good brew

Photo of BARFLYB
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My last in the 5 part series. Inside a pint glass.

Dark Horse Too is a deep dark looking black stout with that signature dark tan, mocha colored head thats about an inch and leaves some stick, never leaving. Smell is more on the roasty side than creamy truthfully, I thought this was a coffee stout initially. If this is a sweet stout, it does not show. Taste is all coffee and with significant warming some vanilla and faint chocolate come out and dance. Coffee bordering on espresso. Feel is silky and a bold medium with a smooth feel, easy going down the hatch, no burn from the eight percent. As with all in this stout series, its a easy drinker, and while it is much off style, too gets points for having class.

Photo of PDXHops
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ryan011235 for this 12 ounce bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip. A dark ass beer with a dark ass head, not too thick, but it sticks around for a bit. Not a lot in the way of lacing, though.

Plenty of chocolate both bitter and sweet in the nose. A hearty dose of roasted malt as well. Thick bodied with a velvety smooth feel that's enhanced by the lactose. I like this beer; it's the rare milk stout that doesn't feel the need to be overly sweet. The smoothness and moderate sweetness work quite well with the lingering dry roast. Really, the roast is so strong as to overshadow the sweeter aspects of the beer, and it seems to be for the better as far as I can tell. Nice beer that goes down easy. 8%? Dangerous stuff.

Photo of oglmcdgl
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint on tap at ujs.

A- comes to me with about an inch of mocha colored head that settles quickly leaving a small wispy island on top and a thin ring around the glass. Pitch black in color with just the faintest brown glow at the edges.

S- loads of coffee and cream. Some chocolate and super dark malts.

T- this one is all about the roast. Espresso, burnt malts, bakers chocolate, toasted dark bread. Light sweetness that brings some balance to things.

M- a few steps above medium in body with a light carb fitting the style nicely.

D- this is a good cream stout it would be a great coffee stout. That being said I really enjoy this brew and like most of their line up its amazingly easy to drink.

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Dark Horse Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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